Definition of Demur

1. Noun. (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings.

Exact synonyms: Demurral, Demurrer
Generic synonyms: Objection
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

2. Verb. Take exception to. "He demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday"
Exact synonyms: Except
Generic synonyms: Object
Derivative terms: Demurrer, Demurrer, Exception

3. Verb. Enter a demurrer.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Plead
Derivative terms: Demurral, Demurrer, Demurrer

Definition of Demur

1. v. i. To linger; to stay; to tarry.

2. v. t. To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about.

3. n. Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple.

Definition of Demur

1. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To linger; to stay; to tarry ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To delay; to pause; to suspend proceedings or judgment in view of a doubt or difficulty; to hesitate; to put off the determination or conclusion of an affair. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To scruple or object; to take exception; to oppose; to balk ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive legal) To interpose a demurrer. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To suspend judgment concerning; to doubt of or hesitate about ¹

6. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To cause delay to; to put off ¹

7. Noun. Stop; pause; hesitation as to proceeding; suspense of decision or action; scruple. ¹

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Definition of Demur

1. to object [v -MURRED, -MURRING, -MURS] - See also: object

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Literary usage of Demur

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1. A General Abridgment of Law and Equity: Alphabetically Digested Under Proper by Charles Viner (1791)
"Ace» с parol lhall demur for both. 13 E. 3. Itinere North. ... 16. cites H. 6. i 7. that the parol lhall demur as to the heir, but that they ..."

2. A Treatise on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions: Comprising a by Henry John Stephen (1894)
"Election to demur or plead.— 3. It will now be useful to examine the considerations by which, in a view to the state of the law as above explained, ..."

3. Hand-book of Common-law Pleading by Benjamin Jonson Shipman (1895)
"In many cases, as we have seen, a party must demur in order to take ... In many cases it may not be advisable to demur, even where a demurrer would lie. ..."

4. English Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1818)
"The idea of stopping is common to these terms, to which signification is added some distinct collateral idea fer each : we demur from doubt or difficulty ..."

5. Federal Equity Practice: A Treatise on the Pleadings Used and Practice by Thomas Atkins Street (1909)
"He must answer, plead, or demur on or before the rule day next succeeding that rule day.i This applies where a formal appearance is entered punctually on ..."

6. Civil Procedure Reports: Containing Cases Under the Code of Civil Procedure by George D. McCarty, New York (State), Henry Huffman Browne, Courts, Rufus Leonard Scott, James Manford Kerr, Percival Soloman Menken (1883)
"Defendant cannot both answer and demur to same cause of action. ... Where there is but one cause of action [*] the defendant may answer or demur, ..."

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